Brothers and Sisters,
I want to first thank all of you for having the confidence to elect me as your President for the next two years. I am truly humbled by your support. Secondly, I want to welcome the newly elected MSCFF Executive Board. I have all the confidence that they will hit the ground running, doing the business that our membership expects and deserves. As a note to that, I want to say a sincere thank you to our past, long serving Secretary-Treasurer Kirk Lair for his many years of service to our association and its members. Your counsel will surely be missed.
2017 Convention Highlights
- IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger
- United States Senator Claire McCaskill (D)
- Missouri Governor Eric Greitens (R)
- Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway (D)
- State Senator Mike Kehoe (R) MSCFF Legislator of the Year
- State Senatorial Candidate Lincoln Hough (R)
There were three Resolutions passed at convention –
- Resolution number 1 Requires any expenditure of $1,000.00 or more to be voted on by the MSCFF Executive Board. This language had been incorporated into the MSCFF Policy Guidelines last year, but now is codified into our CB&L’s.
- Resolution number 2 enshrined former S/T Kirk Lair as Secretary-Treasurer Emeritus
- Resolution number 3 enshrined former Vice President Dennis Murray as a VP Emeritus
All three resolutions passed unanimously. Congratulations to both VP Murray and S/T Lair. Other highlights from the convention floor included
- The unanimous endorsement of United States Senator Claire McCaskill for re-election to the US Senate
- The unanimous endorsement of Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway for Missouri Auditor
- Missouri State Senator Mike Kehoe was awarded Missouri Legislator of the Year for Public Safety
- Governor Eric Greitens received several robust applauds during his speech to the delegates and attendees, including a standing ovation when he addressed the convention body about his plans to address the Post Traumatic Stress Injury (PTSI) concerns that the MSCFF and the IAFF have been working on for the last few years, and the Cancer Presumptive dilemma that continues to plague our ranks.
Some other very important points to come out of Convention was your concerns about our membership communication apparatus and accountability to you. During several pre-convention conversations, I heard that for a host of reasons some of our members feel that the MSCFF’s message and communications (or lack thereof) has not been what it could be, or what you deserve. Going forward my pledge to you is that we will do much better.
While addressing the convention body I asked for your help in making and holding me and your other elected MSCFF Board members accountable. I plan to put in place an accountability mechanism to do just that. Some of these mechanisms will include a checkoff of visits to each affiliate Local by their District Vice President to hear firsthand the wants and needs of the men and women on the front lines. To regularly speak with affiliate leadership to make sure they are apprised of what actions we are undertaking to make our members working environment better, and safer, and to hear any suggestions from you on how we might do things better.
To bring a better product to you, statistically we will be more accountable on how we allocate and use our resources, whether it be though our lobbing efforts, consulting, or boots on the ground. We plan to broaden our presence in the halls of the State Capitol by assuring your President and your Legislative Director have a clear mandate from you, and our affiliate leadership on what your priorities are, while being cognizant of the hostile environment we often find ourselves operating in.
I plan to have informal roundtable discussions, at different locales, in all parts of the state, with members to hear directly what your thoughts and ideas are. We are also planning to ramp up our social media platform, to take our messaging to where you are. A good story goes untold if no one reads, sees, or hears it. We plan to reach you via Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram and more. But in order to make this work we will need your assistance. We need you to tell us what you hear, think, want and envision. We are ever mindful knowing that service is all that we sell, and you, the membership, are our only customers. We must and will do better at communicating this to each and every one of you holistically and individually.
In the mean, please do not hesitate to reach out to me via email, text, or cell. Your thoughts can only make us better and as always
Sherwood L. Smith
Missouri State Council of Fire Fighters
2017 MSCFF Convention Video
2017 In Memoriam Video of our Fallen Brothers
On Monday, March 6th Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) addressed the attendees at the International Association of Fire Fighters Legislative Conference. Senator McCaskill is very supportive of continuing to fund Fire Grants, Cancer Presumptive Laws and Collective Barganing Rights for Hours, Wages and Working Conditions.
During our visit to the US Capitol on Tuesday, March 7th, Missouri State Council of Fire Fighters President Sherwood Smith and IAFF Local 42 Secretary-Treasurer Tim Dupin visite with Senator McCaskill to discuss the IAFF Legislative Agenda for 2017 and ask for her support on the key issues that we are striving to continue to have funded for SAFER Grants, the FIRE ACT and more. For more on this please read the article that appeared in the Lee's Summit Tribune here.
An article was featured on February 26th in the Kansas City Star highlighting the increase in cancer related deaths in Firefighters across North America. Here in Missouri families are faced with fighting for workers' compensation benefits after their loved ones have died and the our government acknowledges are presumptively job related due to the exposure of carcinogens that firefighters are exposed to throughout their careers. Read the entire article here.
The Missouri State Council of Fire Fighters would like to welcome our newest Affliate Local: Lake City, MO Fire Fighters. Lake City Fire Fighters protect the individuals that work and reside at the Army Ammunition Production facility, located in Independence, MO.
What's New at MSCFF
The Missouri State Council of Fire Fighters is proud to introduce our newest communication tool; the UnionActive™ Mobile Application for Android, iOS Smartphones and Tablets.
This new technology works in concert with our website. All this is required to use the Mobile App is to be a registered user with the MSCFF website. We will soon provide all registered members a link to download the Mobile App via Google Play or iTunes Store thru our website Email system.
If you are not currently a registered member we would like to encourage you to visit our website and register. Once you have been approved you will have complete access to the latest information regarding Fire Fighter Issues within Missouri right in the palm of your hand. Please allow 24 to 48 hours to be approved once you have registered.
Once you download the Mobile App, you will log into the application with the same User Name and Password that you established to access the MSCFF website. From that point forward each time you launch the Mobile App you are already logged in and can access the Members Only Section of the website via the Mobile App.